Citation: blue. "No Need for Nicotine: An Experience with Erythrina mulungu (exp107798)". Erowid.org. Feb 8, 2016. erowid.org/exp/107798
I picked some of this up, as it was recommended to me to help with sleep. I had no idea what was about to happen. I took a heaping teaspoon's worth of powdered bark in a glass of hot water one afternoon. Within 30 minutes, I was asleep on the couch. I intended for the experience to be a test of my affinity for the substance, and, well, it seems we will develop a strong relationship. I took the same dose that evening, and it worked just as it did that afternoon: I went right to sleep within 30 minutes with no problems.
Nicotine has been a good friend for the last 12+ years, so when I woke up after my first experiences with Mulungu and didn't want/need any nicotine to function, I was confused and strangely excited. Turns out, an alkaloid named erysodine in Mulungu is a competitive antagonist to nicotine. For those of you who enjoy literature searching, there are a couple publications out there you can check out that explore the effects of erysodine.
I have never voluntarily given up nicotine, EVER. I'm 4 days in with my Mulungu supplementation, and I haven't touched the stuff. I'm not even tempted to touch the stuff. I have been taking small doses (~1g) in the morning and midday along with a much larger dose (~1 heaping tsp) at night. I feel more balanced, and I feel pretty clear-headed in general. I am having difficulty reading and comprehending technical scientific publications, which wasn't an issue for me before. I also am experiencing some mild stomach/GI issues.
I have been subconsciously searching for Mulungu for years, and I'm glad we've finally met. It feels like I found my soulmate, minus the GI issues.
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